As always, when major party candidates state announcing their Presidential campaigns, attention at IPR turns to minor party presidential candidates and campaigns. The Constitution Party does not generally attract too many candidates for President, but this year has attracted a larger crop of candidates. Some have announced, some have all-but-announced, and others are less likely to run, but all are considering running for President and doing so with the Constitution Party.
Rev. Scott Copeland, who served three two-year terms on the executive committee of the Texas Southern Baptist Convention, and is the author of Your 2012 Middle Class President. This article suggests he’s attending the Idaho CP’s convention.
Chad Koppie, a member of the Illinois Kane County Regional Board of Schools. He has also previously served as a township trustee. Although he recent ran for U.S. Senate as a Constitution Party candidate, he did not make the ballot.
Owen Shuler, CEO of Shuler Capital Corp., a Georgia investment company with interests in oil, gas, transportation infrastructure, real estate, and specialized technologies integration across several sectors. Schuler has spoken to several Constitution Party meetings or conventions, indicating a certain level of seriousness.
Darrell Castle, a longtime member of the Constitution Party and leader in the party, Darrell Castle is an attorney in Tennessee who served as the party’s Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008.
Dennis Michael Lynch, a documentary film maker, and conservative commentator from New York. His announcement that he was running can be watched here. He has expressed some level of interest in the Constitution Party, but has not committed to the party. His facebook page has over 100,000 fans.
Rep. Steve Stockman, Former Congressman from Texas and well-known conservative advocate. Stockman has previously endorsed Chuck Baldwin and written articles for the party’s website, as well as conducting candidate training at national meetings. He is well known and respected within the party and is definitely connected to it. There is reportedly a growing movement by Constitution Party supporters and outsiders to draft Steve Stockman to run for President.
Ultimately, at least a couple of these candidates will not actually be present at the National Convention, when this decision is made. But right now all of them are being considered by would-be delegates and supporters of the Constitution Party.